Daniel Kitson

The Week Ahead: Jan 20 -27

This is an exceptionally strong week when it comes to award-winning comedians who really are true masters of the stand-up art. Tommy Tiernan is first up, appearing at the Soho Theatre from Monday. The 1998 Perrier Award winner is a massive star in Ireland and when he graces London with his presence it is easy to see why. He is the kind of comedian that – cliché ahoy – really could make you laugh by reading the telephone directory.

Opinion: Star-Spotting Top Trumps

When I arrived at the Soho Theatre last week just before the lights went down to see Robert Newman I spotted Sean Hughes in the audience. I thought that was a pretty good sighting and a nice nod to Newman that one of his contemporaries was checking him out. In the interval, however, I realised that Hughes had been beaten in the game of celebrity-audience-member Top Trumps. It was pointed out to me that Russell Brand and Jemima Khan were sitting a few rows back. 

News: Daniel Kitson in Lovely Video

Here's a lovely treat. The usually screen-reticent Daniel Kitson stars in this video for Darren Hanlon's song Fingertips and Mountaintops which I just came across. It dates from October 2007*. Kitson plays a teacher having a day out, but let's not waste time trying to interpret it or sing his praises, just have a look and we defy you not to forget about all the bad things in your life.

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Opinion: Comedy Snobbery - The Sequel

At the risk of digging an even deeper hole for myself I'll try to respond below to Dave Twentyman's response to my original piece here.

Opinion: Live at the Apollo – A Force for Good or Bad?

Live at the Apollo returns to BBC1 tonight. This has left me feeling conflicted. On the one hand I love the fact that stand-up gets more exposure on television. On the other hand I hate the fact that stand-up gets more exposure on television. Now that's what I call conflicted.

Review: Daniel Kitson & Guests, Hackney Empire

Whenever I write about how good Daniel Kitson is there is a comedian who always comments on it, as if I am prone to over-egging the Kitson cake. Well, I'm afraid that comic might as well stop reading this review – and this website – because I'm not sure if I am ever going to say something really bad about DK. Even a whiffy DK gig is going to tower over most other performances.

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Preview: The Week Ahead Oct 20 - 26

I was lucky enough to bag a ticket for Ricky Gervais's sold out live debut as David Brent with his band Foregone Conclusion last week at The Bloomsbury Theatre. He is back for another work-in-progress this Wednesday and if you can get hold of a ticket for face value I would snap it up. It was a short show at less than an hour but great, with some very funny gags in it – particularly in the new song Lady Gypsy.

Opinion: Can There Ever Really Be An Overnight Success?

I was asked recently if I thought comedians made it big quicker these days. It's an interesting question. I guess the question arose for two reasons. Firstly because so many comedians are playing massive arena gigs while still relatively young and secondly because maybe the internet is speeding things up.

Opinion: Daniel Kitson – Stuff

I've been sending out the Beyond The Joke newsletter for the last few months. One of the ideas behind it is that if subscribers like it they forward it to friends, other people read it, like it, come to my website, my website gets more popular and my children get to eat. I'm not quite sure if Daniel Kitson feels the same way about his newsletter. I recently noticed that they have a little copyright symbol at the bottom and an "all rights reserved" pay-off.

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